Head for St Ives for poetry in the square
by Ann Foxglove
It must be spring! The St Ives literature festival in Cornwall starts on Saturday 5 May and runs until Sunday 12 May. There's a host of events at the St Ives Arts Club, St Ives Library and Café Art. A highlight will be the daily open mic poetry and music, happening in Norway Square from 12.30-2pm and hosted by the wonderful Bob Deveraux. There will also be an open mic of tales and poetry called Free Speech at Cafe Art on most afternoons from 5-6pm. Not-to-be-missed if you are in Kernowshire - on Monday 7 May at 8pm at the Arts Club is a one man show by the actor Kenneth Price entitled WS Graham - Out of his Head, in which he pays homage to that wonderful poet who spent a good deal of his life in Cornwall. A Scottish critic wrote: “Price’s performance … is charming not least for the remarkable way his face seems to morph into Graham’s increasingly weathered physiognomy before our very eyes .... in what is clearly a labour of love, he begins and ends his monologue wearing pyjamas to signal both Graham’s early morning fire and his late night decline." On Tuesday at the Art Club at 8pm one of my favourite poets, David Scott, will be joining forces with Tim Cunningham for an evening of superb poetry. I haven't come across Tim before but I'm looking forward to hearing his work. And if you're really in a celtic frame of mind (and why not) then try The Dead Chough Collective with Alan Kent, Mick Paynter and Les Merton. Subtitled Sag Krowst An Jowl (The Devils Crowst Bag) it will be an evening of poetry and entertainment in Kernowek and the other language! (Wednesday 9 May at the Art Club 8pm) There's much more so why not have a look at the website - St Ives literature festival.